Vagon is a unique catering and exhibition space near the recently renovated railway tunnel in Zelenica. The “wagon” will have a mission much broader than the provision of catering services, after the reconstruction and commissioning of the tunnel launched a kind of process of preserving the memory of the special role of the railway in the development and revival of Boka and the entire region. The planned cultural and social events will provide Novljani and their guests with quality content in a unique frame.
The old railway car, owned by Josip Weber, a member of the Pancevo Railway Lovers’ Association, got a new life after almost two decades at the Igalo Institute, thanks to the persistence and enthusiasm of members of the NGO Synergy, led by Novljan architect Vuk Cvor. Located behind the park of the Beach Hotel in Zelenica, “Vagon” is part of the hiking trail, which we hope will one day get a bike path to the border with Croatia, and connect with Konavle, Dubrovnik, Trebinje.
Zelenika was the first railway station and train turntable that operated from Zelenika to Sarajevo, and today it also has Željeznička Street, railway buildings, an old bridge and a tunnel on Lalovina.
At the end of the 19th century, Austria-Hungary made an important strategic decision to build a railway in this area, southern Dalmatia and Herzegovina. Work on the construction of the railway began in 1895, while Emperor Franz Joseph himself visited this construction site in 1898 and was surprised by the enthusiasm of the locals who built the railway with ordinary tools without mechanization. There is also an anecdote that they came across some inaccessible routes that were not adequate for the construction of the railway. They said, “Why can’t he? An eye of stone – an eye of gold.” and built those stocks as well. The train came from the direction of Sarajevo to Zelenik on July 16, 1901. At the same time, Dubrovnik and Trebinje also received railways. After the Second World War, the role of the railway in the development of this region and the region was great. This railway was abolished in 1968 by an unreasonable decision of politicians from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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